Amar’e Stoudemire would be better off keeping his mouth shut.
The former Knick, currently playing overseas in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem, made homophobic comments on camera in an interview with the Israeli news outlet Walla Sport.
The video shows six players answering the same question: Would they have an issue with a gay teammate? All the interviewees say they wouldn’t have a problem — expect for Stoudemire, who proceeds to “joke” about avoiding this hypothetical homosexual.
“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,” Stoudemire said, “and I’m going to drive (and) take a different route to the gym.”
The journalist then asks Stoudemire if he’s joking.
“There’s always a truth within a joke,” he responded.
This isn’t the first time Stoudemire has displayed homophobic tendencies.
In 2012, while a member of the Knicks, Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the NBA for using a gay slur in a derogatory direct message to a fan on Twitter.
“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,” Stoudemire told TMZ in the aftermath of the fine. “I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan.”
He clearly hasn’t learned his lesson.
Stoudemire is averaging 10.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season for Hapoel Jerusalem.